October 5, 1922 letter to Jean Mueller from Nancy Brown

October 5, 1922

To: Jean Mueller, Chicago, IL

From: Nancy Brown, Kalamazoo, MI

Nancy writes to her granddaughter Jean about how the mother cat brought a mouse to give to her kitten even though her kitten was as large as she was. She told Jean that most mothers look out for their children before thinking of themselves and so children ought to mind their mothers to make them happy. She knows Jean will be good and help Aunt Bess while her mother is away.

Thursday Oct 5″ 22

Grandmas dear little “Honey Bunch”

I cant tell you how glad I was to receive your nice little letter was so sorry to hear you were not feeling well. Grandma is sure you are better by this time. You tell Dodo[1] grandma got the pretty card she sent and thank her for me. Will write her first of the week. This morning I heard the mama cat going mew mew. I went to the door, asked her what the trouble was, (she was going toward the barn), she stopped looked around started back toward me. When she got almost to me she dropped a little mouse. She looked up at me then began calling again but that was for the yellow kitten. Pretty soon she came runing out of the barn and the mama gave her big kitten the mouse even though she was as large as her mother. The mother thought of her kitten first just like your mama does of Helen[2] and you, and like most mothers look out for her children before thinking of her self. So you can see why we ought to think of our mothers and to mind them and do thing to make them happy. I know you will be good and do all you can to help Aunt Bess[3] while mama[4] is away. Uncle Ethen[5] is picking up butter nuts that have fallen from tree out by the road. The walnut tree in back yard is full. Will have to gather them soon.

Give my love to Daddy,[6] Aunt Bess, Miss Sissle, Miss Hedwig,[7] Martha,[8] and a big bundle full of kisses for your self from


[1] Nancy’s granddaughter (and Jean’s cousin), Dorothy Recoschewitz

[2] Jean’s sister, Helen Mueller

[3] Nancy’s daughter, Bess (Brown) Recoschewitz

[4] Nancy’s daughter, Lela (Brown) Recoschewitz

[5] Nancy’s brother, Ethan Keith

[6] Jean’s father, Louis Mueller

[7] Believe these women were boarding at Lela and Lou’s house

[8] Martha was temporarily living with Lela and Lou

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